A glowing spectacle at 10th Jerusalem Light Festival

Jaffa Gate was crammed Saturday evening for the third evening of the annual Jerusalem Light Festival, with shiny welcome messages displayed on the traditional partitions and lasers flashing at midnight sky.

There are greater than 35 gentle installations on this yr’s competition, town’s tenth, which is in place till Thursday, July 5, and set all through the Old City alongside 4 connecting routes, with performers and musicians entertaining the crowds alongside the paths, from eight p.m. till 11 p.m. every evening.

Highlights embody alternating projections on Damascus Gate designed by worldwide artists, illuminating lights in Zedekiah’s Cave, a graffiti exhibit with paint brushes used to attract on an LED display, and a forest of hundreds of shining branches.

This yr’s theme was togetherness, mentioned creative director Gaston Zahr, with lights displayed in all quarters of the Old City.

“It brings people together and to areas of the Old City they may not normally visit,” mentioned Zahr.

Still, he warned that it’s almost unimaginable to get by all the competition in a single evening.

This yr’s gentle competition contains a number of notable artists, who joined the outside spectacle.

Berlin artist Phillip Geist, who designed an interactive gentle projection onto Rothschild House within the Jewish Quarter, mentioned he was particularly excited to come back to Jerusalem, due to its distinctive and provoking historical past.

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